Feb 21, 2012; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) skates with the puck while being defended by Buffalo Sabres defenseman Robyn Regehr (24) during the first period at the First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE

Too little too late for Isles as fall again

Feb 21, 2012; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Islanders goalie Kevin Poulin (60) makes a save during the second period against the Buffalo Sabres at the First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE

Two more important points…

A game against a team that is fighting for the same place as you are.

A night after a 6 – 0 drubbing, you would think that they would come out with their six shooters, ready to fight the big fight.

As Ted Knight said in the movie, “Caddy Shack”…..

WELL…… I’M WAITING!

A Frans Nielsen goal, the first for the Islanders in nearly six periods, cut the deficit in half, but no matter what the Isles tried to do, the Sabres played  a solid game, and got the important two points.

All of the things that I was expecting to see from the Islanders, I just did not see.  The first goal, scored by Tyler Myers, could have been easily avoided, had the defensemen got a little physical in front of their net and cleared the garbage in front of Kevin Poulin.

So many times, I have mentioned in my posts, that a big issue with the team, is their inability to win the battles in the corners.  It seems to me, that there is a lack of intensity when it comes to a battle, at times, allowing a much smaller player to take advantage (Nathan Gerbe).

Tomas Vanek got the second goal for Buffalo, and once again, in front of Poulin.

Cohesiveness was just not the word of the day.  If their intensity and their battling was going on for the first 55 minutes of the game, as opposed to the final 5 – the outcome would have been different.

For the Isles, two days of practice at home, before the Rangers come a-calling to the Coliseum.  If their ever was a game for the intensity level  to be at an all-time high, this will be it.

Make this be a lesson to the team.  They need to get more physical, and step their game up.  Matt Martin was the only one that hits and show the intensity level.  It ended up that the game was closer than it should have been.  Kudos to the goaltending of Poulin, for keeping the team in the game.

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